The Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library started the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program that encourages parents and caregivers to read books to newborns, infants and toddlers.
The goal is to read 1,000 books before a child starts kindergarten. For every 100 books that are read to the child, they earn a virtual badge and can visit the library to receive a certificate and sticker. The program is free, and children younger than 5 years old can participate. To participate, parents and caregivers will need to register on Beanstack at clarksvillemontgomery.beanstack.com/reader365, create an account and log their readings.
“We hope this will be a simple, innovative yet fun approach to establishing strong early literacy skills and that the children who participate become confident readers,” said Gracie Armstrong, youth services and outreach supervisor.
In addition to the 1,000 Books before Kindergarten, the library will release a series of videos that will provide tips and advice to help little ones on the path to become early readers and lifelong learners. More information about the 1,000 Books program and early literacy videos can be found on the library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/CMCPublicLibrary or call 931-648-8826.